Tuesday, 29 November 2011

KP Corporate Kingsbury Water Park 10K – 27th Nov 2011

I have vague memories of Kingsbury Water Park from many (many, many) moons ago and heard about this race and decided to give it a go.

It's described as "a beautiful venue belonging to Warwickshire County Council situated in the beautiful Warwickshire countryside between Tamworth and Sutton Coldfield. The 10k is a two lap off-road race following a route that is mainly off road through magnificent scenery.

Two laps of footpaths, grass tracks and a short tarmac section twisting around the lakes and pools of the water park, with a section alongside the river."

Pleased to report that the race was as described. The car parking was free. The facilities - toiltets, shop and cafe - at the park itself were open which is useful for runners and spectators alike. The weather was sunny and full on glare in your face for parts of the course - always useful when you don't bring sunglasses with you.

The race started on time and as described the majority was off road along grass tracks. There were a few up and down bits which took a little bit of extra care as they'd gottent quite muddy but hopping gracefully (almost deer like) between tufts of grass seemed to do the trick.

A trophy,bottle of water (or energy drink) and a banana at the finish. Couldn't ask for too much more.

I paced myself using the km markers provided and had a fair bit left for a strong finish - a good sign as i've got a half-marathon coming up soon and i'd really like to do a season's best at it. This was a good indicator that this can be achieved so am quite positive about everything.

Only a couple of downpoints. Firstly my knee decided to play up a bit. It can get quite tight but it passes after a couple of stretch sessions - it used to be a lot more permanent (so good and bad). Secondly was that the course itself came up a little bit short on the old Gary the garmin measurement. Aware of the discrepencies that a Garmin can produce but it only logged in at just over 9km.

But all in a good off road race and a great venue so hope to return for some of the other races that are staged here.

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